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Öxarárfoss, Almannagjá Canyon, Þingvellir; Iceland | by Corica
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Öxarárfoss, Almannagjá Canyon, Þingvellir; Iceland

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From my previous upload you can tell that our trip to Iceland ticked a lot boxes for me. The countryside is replete with natural wonders, whether that be a majestic glacier, exploding geysir, black sandy beach, snow peaked mountain or steaming geothermal lake.

At Þingvellir however two other natural wonders come together to make the most unusual site - a waterfall and a fault.


Þingvellir is the location where the European and American tectonic plates are moving apart. Now, most phenomenon in geology are not always that easy to see in practice, but at Þingvellir the results are only too plain to see. A rift valley has opened up called Almannagjá (created by successive faults as the continents rip apart) and through it flows the Öxarár river. Where the river meets one of the fault lines a waterfall has been created called Öxarárfoss, which is the waterfall captured in this scene. This is largest of a series of waterfalls that cascade through the valley.


Perhaps as a schoolboy my horizons were hopelessly narrow, but I never imagined that one day I would stand in a valley where two tectonic plates were pulling away from one another, but there I was, loving every minute :-).

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Taken on June 11, 2009